STEAMTOWN NHS TAKES TO THE RAILS FOR 2009 TOBYHANNA ICE HARVEST FESTIVAL
SCRANTON, PA – As Old Man Winter takes hold of our region, Steamtown National Historic Site, downtown Scranton, PA will offer a mid-winter steam excursion to the annual Ice Harvest Demonstration in Tobyhanna, PA. On Saturday, January 17, 2009, a historic steam locomotive will travel to the Tobyhanna station, and excursionists will be transported, courtesy of the Lackawanna Valley Heritage Valley Authority, to Mill Pond #1, where historic tools and equipment will be used to gather blocks of ice from the pond. The replica ice house stores enough ice to last well into the summer months. The Tobyhanna Ice Harvest excursion departs at 10:00 a.m. and returns at approximately 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $31 – ages 17-61, $26 – ages 62 and older, $20 – ages 6 to 16 years old. Ages 5 and under require a “no charge” ticket. The $6 daily Park Entrance Fee is included in the ticket cost. Reservations may be made by phoning (570) 340-5204, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily (10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. after January 3, 2009).
Steam-powered train excursions are rare in the winter months, and there is always the chance that the pond may not be frozen. In that event, tours of the village of Tobyhanna and the Mill Pond #1 ice house and a restored 1908 boxcar will be conducted as an alternative. The 1908 Tobyhanna station will be open and light refreshments available through the Pocono Mountains Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.
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